Top-performing hospital A&E departments meet targets

Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital
Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital

The district’s accident and emergency departments are among the best performing in the country after meeting a target to treat patients within four hours.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals, has been consistently meeting the target to see and treat 95 per cent of patients within the time limit since March 2012.

Figures released by NHS England show that Mid Yorkshire, which is the fifth busiest A&E unit in the country and treats around 4,500 patients a week, is the best performing of all England’s 58 non-foundation trusts.

Mid Yorkshire said the 95 per cent had also been exceeded on several occasions. In the first week of this month, 97.2 per cent of patients were seen, assessed and either discharged or admitted within four hours.

Dr Sarah Robertshaw, lead emergency medicine consultant, said: “The trust’s consistent success is the result of a genuine team effort and a will to provide nothing but the very best possible care for our patients.”

Steven Eames, Mid Yorkshire’s chief executive, has also written to A&E staff to thank them for their efforts.

Mid Yorkshire said a string of measures had been introduced to boost performance, including more senior doctors and seven-day working to make sure patients did not end up stuck on wards waiting for treatment.

Neil Clark, director of operations in emergency and elective services, said: “The trust has made radical improvements across major areas of our health care system to achieve these great results.

“One example is providing GPs with direct access to speciality consultant advice to direct patients to the right service before they even arrive at the hospital.

“The trust continues to further improve the patient journey from admission to discharge to enable bed availability for next emergency admission.”